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wessex96

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iconnumber posted 04-18-2010 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[26-1973]

I wonder if anyone can help me with the initials following the production number on this Gorham Art Deco shoe horn. Any idea what/who H.M.T. stands for? Thanks.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 04-19-2010 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry but I can't help with the H.M.T. - though it could be the retailer.

As for the style, these things are often open to discussion, but my first thought would have been more Arts and Crafts style rather than Art Deco style, especially because of the hammered surface design. The top scroll could be either, but I would lean on the Arts and Crafts influence in it rather than the Deco influence because how it flows.

Once styles are introduced, they never really go away though they ebb and flow over the decades as new styles are introduced and take center stage for a while.

[This message has been edited by Kimo (edited 04-26-2010).]

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 04-19-2010 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Wessex!

Just a shot off the bow ......&
I don't know if this makes sense To you or not, but could the HMT refer to Her Majesty's transport/ trawler/ocean liners? Perhaps it belonged to crew member or some such?

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agphile

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2010 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice idea, Jersey, but I think that for its ships the Royal Navy only uses HMS, and to them everything is a ship in this context - even shore establishments.

I could make HMT into Her (or His) Majesty's Treasury but somehow I don't think the Treasury would have a Gorham shoe horn!

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2010 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi agphile!

If you do a search for HMT Cunard you'll see what I am refering to.

Jersey

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agphile

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2010 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jersey

Ah! I had forgotten that. HMT here stands for His Majesty's Troopship, used for civilian ships requisitioned during WW1 and WW2. They were not Royal Navy ships as such, so not HMS, and they would revert to their normal designation (SS, or RMS for Royal Mail Ship) if they survived and went back to their peacetime roles.

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 04-20-2010 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe these were also available with other decorations, and it stands for Hammered metal treatment?

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wessex96

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iconnumber posted 04-26-2010 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all your replies.

Yes, Kimo, on second thoughts I agree it would be better described as Arts and Crafts style. Your retailer suggestion seems very possible.

(Interesting idea, but I would be surprised if the British navy used an American company for such items considering the number of British silversmiths available...)

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